The physical challenge is one thing…..for me, the fundraising challenge is quite another. I’m typically an introvert and really don’t like putting myself out there. In choosing Turia’s Everest Trek, I quite deliberately put myself outside my comfort zone so I could break down some of my own mindsets. If only I had Ryan Gosling to help me 🙂
With the help of the lovely fundraising co-ordinators at @Inspiredadventures, I put together a fundraising plan. This is what it looked like:
- Bake sales
- more bake sales
- online fundraising page
- promotions through social media (Facebook, Instagram, this blog)
All of the above well and truly in my comfort zone. Then I was informed that in order to raise bigger dollars, bigger events were required and corporate sponsorships were advisable. These of course required more effort, time, planning and uncomfortableness.
I joined the trek late, 2 months after most people, so that meant I was automatically behind the eight ball. My initial bake sales (Shortbread before Christmas) raised over $500, my current sausage roll sales will bring in about $200 and the kindness of people in online donations meant that I’d raised $1,500 without too much effort. The next month however, was challenging and I was starting to doubt my ability to raise the money.
To overcome my fear of asking for money (something which has always been ingrained in me), I started with someone that I had known for a number of years. You know what? I didn’t die, I didn’t pass out, yes I was nervous, but it was a successful meeting and a few weeks later, I had my first official Silver sponsor who I’m proud to announce is Sentis Australia who have sponsored me for $500.
I also learnt the importance of having networks. Through a colleague at work, I was put in contact with a fitness professional, who without knowing any more than what she told him, decided to sponsor me for $1,000! I was gobsmacked! Literally speechless! We met up, I explained what the sponsorship entailed, where the money goes and talked about the trek……again I didn’t die, I wasn’t even really nervous this time and the day after, I had my first official Gold Sponsor – Forged Fit!
More information on both of these sponsors is below.
These sponsors (and any others that come on board) receive certain benefits depending on the amount sponsored. Mostly focussing on promoting those business as much as I can in response to their support.
Suddenly, my fundraising has accelerated and the end goal of $5,000 seems much more achievable.
I also want to shout out to my fabulous personal trainer Alesha Pimm from @buildingelite who has volunteered her time to run a fundraising bootcamp for me. I’m sure it will be a great success!! I also have further plans to do a movie night, wine sales and sausage sizzles.
I guess the lessons I’ve taken from all of this are:
- Have faith that you can achieve anything you set you mind to and expect your mindset to ebb and flow, but always keep the faith that you will succeed in the end;
- Use your contacts and don’t be afraid to talk to them, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much people want to help;
- “Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you will land among the stars” – Norman Vincent Peale
If you would like to contribute to my fundraising target, please go to:
About my sponsors:
Gold Sponsor ($1,000) – Forged Fit
Forged Fit is a well established but growing team of networked exercise and allied health professionals. Forged Fit is the principal strength and conditioning operators for people of all shapes and sizes, from the highly specialized athlete to the postnatal woman trying to build enough strength to pick her newborn child up as they grow. This is a health and fitness company that is, by design, as broad as it is specific and inclusive . The company is located at 1 Aspinal st Nundah North Brisbane and currently run out of Go Health Clubs Nundah.
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Forged Fit provides individuals the opportunity to exceed their fitness expectations. This is delivered through expert coaching, high-quality equipment, convenient scheduling and exceptional exercise programs.
When a person exercises in a group, has fun and uses everyday functional movements; he or she is far more likely to exercise more often, eat better, have less injuries and lose weight while gaining muscle mass. Our programs provide all of the elements necessary for participants to achieve their fitness goals.
Inclusive in our network are gymnastic coaches, personal trainers, physiotherapist, massage therapist, osteopaths, exercise physiologist and dietitians.
Forged fit is also expanding into workout/active wear, street wear with sponsors @anarchy_plus and other interested parties.
Silver Sponsor ($500) – Sentis Australia
As pioneers in the area of applied psychology and neuroscience we have helped hundreds of leading companies across a range of industries and countries achieve tangible outcomes in the areas of safety, psychological wellbeing, business agility and transformational change. With over 90% of our work coming from referral, our results include reduced workplace incidents, increased productivity, greater profitability and improved customer satisfaction.
Our services are distinguished by our ability to create: safety citizenship, increased organisational resilience, an engaged workforce, and sustained behaviour change. We use proven insights from psychology, and are regarded as leaders in practical, evidence-based applications. Our approach includes customised consulting, assessments, training and coaching. This innovative method has created high-trust, long-term client relationships worldwide and received international award recognition.